Jake Paul is 3-0 as a professional boxer with a perfect KO rating. His TKO over Ben Askren was a big deal for Paul, and he showed that after the fight.
It only took Jake Paul about two minutes to floor and stop former elite MMA fighter Ben Askren. The ending wasn’t as picturesque as Paul’s November second-round knockout of Nate Robinson, but it was more meaningful because of Askren’s former accomplishments in the octagon.
Askren (19-2) was far from his prime fighting days in the UFC when he fought Paul on April 17 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Paul was the favorite according to oddsmakers, and Askren’s poor physical condition displayed at the weigh-in had a lot to do with that. Askren appeared to merely show up for an easy payday.
Still, it meant something to Paul. Regardless of Askren’s shape, Paul blew through a real fighter in less than two minutes and showed a powerful right arm in the process. To him, this helped add a level of boxing legitimacy, even although many still viewed the Triller Fight Club event as a sideshow.
After stopping Askren, Paul celebrated in the ring and shed some tears. During the brief press conference after the fight, Paul elaborated on his post-fight emotions.
“I don’t think I’m going to be doing good at these interviews right now because I’ve had so much on my mind in the past 10 days, and I’ve had to hold it together,” said Paul in the post-fight press conference. “I’ve had to persevere through a lot of hard s**t. Allegations. Death. The list goes on.”
Jake Paul was emotional in the aftermath of his round 1 TKO of Ben Askren
Paul alluded to the death of his former bodyguard and friend Shamir Bolivar, nicknamed ‘Shadow.’ He also referenced recent sexual assault allegations from Justine Paradise. He went into some depth about his emotions surrounding his friend Shadow but wasn’t around long enough to say anything further.
“Look, when Shadow passed away, it was, it was one of the weirdest difficult things I had to deal with in my life,” said Paul. “I still haven’t processed it. I still haven’t dealt with it. It’s hard, man. It’s hard. And I had to hold it together as a warrior for my team and focus on the mission ahead, and shadow told me the whole entire time he said, ‘You’re gonna get him in the first round. I’ve had visions. I’ve had dreams. When you knock them out in the first round, we’re gonna get it tattooed.’ And I had to suppress all my emotions. I had to stay focused.”
Paul added, “I know he’s watching down right now. And he’s like, ‘I got your f***ing back for the rest of your life, brother.’ And I don’t know what to say. It’s been hard for all of us.”
Many look at Paul as playing the role of villain for the sake of building hype for more many, but he seemed legitimately overwhelmed by his emotions after the fight. The verdict is still out if Paul can attain any serious accomplishments as a boxer, but it’s more than likely that he will return to the ring for another fight.